NTI Testifies at Senate
Sharon Smith, the Executive Director of the National Trauma Institute (NTI) testified on June 6th before the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense to advocate for acceleration of and funding for research into non‐compressible hemorrhage, the leading cause of potentially survivable deaths in our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines. Non compressible hemorrhage describes injuries to the torso, back, neck, and groin that are not amenable to conventional hemorrhage control therapies. Hemorrhage is also responsible for 30 to 40 percent of all deaths following a traumatic injury to civilians. NTI urged Congress to set aside a much larger portion of DoD medical research funding for the medical conditions which most severely injure and kill our soldiers and maintain or increase funding for non-compressible hemorrhage.
White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Visit
Washington D.C. - NTI Board members recently met with a senior policy advisor in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, informally known as the President’s Science Office. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss how to change national policy to reflect the size and impact of trauma on Americans—and how to achieve a level of annual, sustained research funding that would be commensurate with the problem. The opportunity to affect many Americans with clinical advances in trauma is vast. Not only do 170,000 Americans die each year due to trauma but for each death, 250 patients are treated in the hospital for non-lethal injuries. Trauma remains the number one cause of death and disability among children and young adults in their most productive years and costs our society over $400 billion annually. Despite these statistics, historically funding for trauma has never been commensurate with the magnitude of the problem OSTP representatives expressed his willingness to support the national trauma community and to open this dialog. The discussion is continuing, while NTI provides him with further information at his request.